Story pole still hasn't found home

Story pole still hasn't found home

County Arts Association still looking for new home Up against a deadline to move the old "story...

Merrifield leads COCC student body

Merrifield leads COCC student body

First Native American elected president of student body Truman Merrifield, of Warm Springs, is...

New St. Charles Madras president takes helm

New St. Charles Madras president takes helm

John Bishop to oversee hospitals in Madras, Prineville The new president of St. Charles Madras...

County eyes transient camps

County eyes transient camps

City, county to discuss problem at Sept. 28 meeting The topic of local transient camps was...

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September 28, 2016

Update on 509-J facilities use

by Susan Matheny
YouthBuild program commitments The School District 509-J Board of Directors held a short meeting at Madras Primary during parent night, Sept. 23. In an update on use of district facilities,…
September 28, 2016

Collision causes injuries, diesel spill on U.S. 97

by Holly M. Gill
Driver, passenger in car hospitalized A semitruck and car collided Sept. 21, on U.S. Highway 97, near the intersection with Iris Lane, when a driver fell asleep at the wheel, according to Oregon…
September 28, 2016

Fire department lifts summer burning closure

by Madras Pioneer
Beginning Oct. 1, burning with permit allowed during daylight hours Effective Oct. 1, the burning closure that has been in effect through the summer will be lifted. This means that open burning…


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Scott Kalama, of Warm Springs, shakes hands with Saginaw Grant, a Native American actor, at the 2016 Native American Music Awards, where Kalama won first place for Best Music Video for a video he produced that was partially filmed in Warm Springs. Grant, 80, won a lifetime achievement award.
September 21, 2016

Warm Springs man wins NAMA music award

by Holly M. Gill
Scott Kalama takes home top prize for 'Rez Life' video A music video produced by Scott Kalama, of Warm Springs, took first place at the 16th annual Native American Music Awards in Salamanca,…
BILL VOLLMER - Carolyn Harvey accepts the Community Champion of the Year award, on behalf of herself and her sister Joy Harvey, at the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Sept. 15.
September 21, 2016

Chamber awards top citizens

by Susan Matheny
Recognizes dedication of community servants Citizens who went the extra mile in their dedication to the community were recognized at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Awards…
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Timothy Walker, 30, left, and his brother, Kristopher Walker, 27, were sentenced Sept. 15, for the June robbery at the Madras Burger King.
September 21, 2016

Brothers sentenced for Burger King robbery

by Holly M. Gill
One worked at business Two Madras brothers were sentenced Sept. 15 for the June robbery of the Burger King on Southeast Highway 97. In the Jefferson County Circuit Court, Timothy Edward Walker,…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Harry Ward has been named the new fire chief for Crooked River Ranch. He starts work there Oct. 3.
September 21, 2016

Ward new fire chief for Crooked River Ranch

by Madras Pioneer
Takes helm Oct. 3 With the retirement of Crooked River Ranch Fire Chief Richard Hoffmann, the board of directors for Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue has announced that Harry Ward has…
September 21, 2016

Grant to fund Deschutes Basin habitat plan

by Susan Matheny
The Deschutes Basin Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan has received a $700,000 grant to help study the habitat of the Oregon spotted frog and other federally listed species. “The U.S. Fish…
September 21, 2016

Irrigation water shutoff set

by Madras Pioneer
At the Sept. 13 North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting, the board set the irrigation water shutoff date and schedule as follows: The district’s diversions at the main canal in…
September 21, 2016

Fire district investigates fire along Highway 97

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County Fire District responded to a reported grass fire along U.S. Highway 97 on the south side of Juniper Butte early on Sept. 13. Upon arrival, units found a fire burning along…

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Sep 21, 2016

Two arrested during traffic blitz

by Madras Pioneer
Madras Police Department participated in the Oregon Impact, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, safety campaign, conducted Aug. 19 through Sept. 5. The enforcement action taken by the…
COURTESY: SECRETARY OF STATE AUDIT REPORT - Audit of Smarter Balanced Assessments shows tests are nearly twice as expensive as the last standardized test that Oregon used.
Sep 14, 2016

Audit: Oregon needs to get more out of expensive Smarter…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Statewide school tests through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are nearly twice as expensive as the old tests, confusing to educators and time-consuming. That’s according to a new…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Carina Miller and Wiyaka RedDog, part of the Nchi' Wanapum canoe family, head out on the Missouri River.
Sep 14, 2016

Warm Springs joins Standing Rock

by Holly M. Gill
Tribal members provide support against pipeline Dozens of members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have joined a peaceful protest by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota…
HOLLY GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Presiding Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ahern and Court Administrator Amy Bonkosky cut the ribbon Friday during the dedication ceremony for the new Jefferson County Courthouse. The new facility was built for $14 million, $1 million less than was budgeted.
Sep 14, 2016

Dedication: Courthouse gets its day

by Holly M. Gill
Sixteen judges from around the state, including a former governor, joined Jefferson County Sept. 9 to celebrate the completion of the new Jefferson County Courthouse. The judges — some of whom…
BILL VOLLMER PHOTO - Metolius City Council members ride in a tractor-drawn wagon in the Spike and Rail Parade on Saturday.
Sep 14, 2016

Spike and Rail brings fall fun to Metolius

by Susan Matheny
The Metolius Spike and Rail celebration on Sept. 10 enjoyed perfect weather, even if turnout was a little lower than in years past, according to City Recorder Rhonda Stewart. “We had a real good…
SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Warm Springs K-8 Academy
Sep 14, 2016

W.S. K-8 gets boost from grants

by Susan Matheny
Over $100,000 for professional staff training Warm Springs K-8 Academy will be receiving over $100,000 in grants for staff development and administrative training, which were approved at the…
Sep 14, 2016

Pot topics galore

by Holly M. Gill
Election preview The ballot for the Nov. 8 election was finalized last week — 60 days ahead of the election. Both Jefferson County and the city of Madras will seek answers from voters about the…
Sep 14, 2016

West Nile in Jefferson County

by Madras Pioneer
Jefferson County Health Department received a report of a suspected case of West Nile virus in a county resident on Sept. 9. The health department is continuing to investigate the case, while a…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Frank Reese
Sep 14, 2016

Man arrested in stabbing incident

by Holly M. Gill
After a report that a fight between two men Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6, had resulted in a stabbing, law enforcement officers from the Madras Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office…
Sep 14, 2016

Bark in the Park fun for kids, dogs

by Madras Pioneer
Bark in the Park, a canine and kids carnival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at Sahalee Park in Madras, as a fundraiser for Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras. Don’t…